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Japanese Studies Fellowship Programme

This programme provides outstanding scholars, researchers and PhD candidates in the fields of Japanese Studies, the humanities and the social sciences with opportunities to conduct research in Japan.

There are three sub categories:

1. Scholars and Researchers (2 - 12 months)

For academics working in the field of Japanese studies, the humanities and the social sciences, who hold a Ph.D. or equivalent professional experience and are conducting research relating to Japan (comparative research included). A named affiliate in Japan is also required at the time of application.

2. Scholars and Researchers (Short-term) (21 - 59 days)

For academics working in the field of Japanese studies, the humanities and the social sciences who need to conduct intensive research in Japan. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent professional experience at the time of application.

3. Doctoral Candidates (4 - 12 months)

For doctoral candidates working in the field of Japanese Studies, the humanities and social sciences who are in the closing stages of their Ph.D. and who need to undertake fieldwork in Japan in order to complete their dissertation/thesis. A named affiliate in Japan is required at the time of application.

Grant Coverage:

  • Round-trip airfare to Japan
  • Stipend to cover living expenses and other allowances

Dates for FY 2019-20 programme:

  • Applications available: 10 September on the programme list on our Tokyo site
  • Application Deadline: 3 December 2018 (Applications for FY2019-2020 have now closed)
  • Notification of Results: April 2019
  • Project Duration: Research trips must commence during FY 2019-20

Applicants residing in the UK with UK nationality or permanent residency should apply directly to the London office. Other applicants residing in the UK may apply directly to the Tokyo office as long as their country of origin has diplomatic relations with Japan. US citizens residing in the UK without UK permanent resident status should submit their applications on-line via the website of the Japan Foundation, New York.

For further information, please contact the assistant programme officer Michael Salter or go to the programme list on our Tokyo site.

Please contact the Japan Foundation to discuss eligibility before applying.

Grant Recipients 2019-20

Doctoral Candidates

Ms Chae Young Yong, University of St Andrews Topic of Research:
Sovereignty Recognition Games and the Affective Politics of South East Asia

Dr Iza Kavedzija, Univresity of Exeter Topic of Research:
Engaged Aging: Work and wellbeing among older Japanese

Dr Benedetta Lomi, University of Bristol Topic of Research:
Bile, arsenic and gall stones: The healing substances of Japanese esoteric Buddhism


Grant Programme for Intellectual Exchange Conferences

This programme provides grants to non-profit making organisations (e.g. institutions of higher education, research centres, think tanks, NGO/NPOs, cultural organisations) wishing to carry out international intellectual collaborative projects such as international conferences, seminars, symposia and workshops.

The theme of the project must address challenges that concern both Japan and other countries, and participants from Japan must play a significant role in the dialogue.

Some examples of eligible themes include ageing population and low birth rate, environment and energy, the influence of science and technology on society, cultural diversity and multiculturalism, democracy and governance, and the role of culture in diplomacy and international relations. Themes that involve the sharing of information and experience gained as a result of the Great East Japan Earthquake such as disaster prevention, reconstruction and restoration, and community redevelopment are also eligible

Grant coverage:

Part of the following expenses:

  • Travel expenses (international airfares and other transportation expenses, daily allowances and accommodation fees)
  • Honoraria (for presenters, lecturers, interpreters, etc.)
  • Other expenses (for venues, equipment, materials, public relations, etc.)

Dates for FY 2019-20 programme:

  • Applications available: 10 September 2018 on the programme list on our Tokyo site
  • Application Deadline: 3 December 2018 (Applications for FY2019-2020 have now closed)
  • Notification of Results:April 2019
  • Project Duration: Projects must be implemented and completed during FY 2019-20

For further details on this programme and application forms either contact the assistant programme officer Michael Salter or go to our Tokyo site.

Please contact the Japan Foundation to discuss eligibility before applying.

UK Grant Recipients 2018-19

University of Birmingham - a grant towards ‘Old and new diversifications in the UK’


Click here to view more past recipients of this programme.

Grant Programme for Japanese Studies Projects

This new programme is designed to promote Japanese studies overseas by providing grants to non-profit organisations such as higher education institutions and research institutions that are implementing Japanese Studies activities.

Eligible projects must fall into any of the following four categories:

  • Research or conference on Japan; study or training in Japan; or publication that promotes and contributes to the development of Japanese Studies;
  • Inviting scholars or researchers from Japan or other countries to deliver lectures on Japan;
  • Purchase of books and materials on Japanese studies;
  • Other relevant projects which would further promote and expand the horizon of Japanese studies.

Grant coverage:

Part of the following expenses:

  • Travel expenses (international airfares and other transportation expenses, daily allowances and accommodation fees)
  • Honoraria (for lecturers, collaborators, interpreters, etc.)
  • Meeting expenses (for venues, equipment, etc.)
  • Other expenses (for printing, materials, etc.)

Dates for FY 2019-20 programme:

  • Applications available: 10 September 2018 on the programme list on our Tokyo site
  • Application Deadline: 3 December 2018 (Applications for FY2019-2020 have now closed)
  • Notification of Results: April 2019
  • Project Duration: Projects must be implemented and completed during FY 2019-20

For further details on this programme and application forms either contact the assistant programme officer Michael Salter or go to our Tokyo site.

Please contact the Japan Foundation to discuss eligibility before applying.

UK Grant Recipients 2018-19

The London Asia Pacific Centre for Social Science - a grant towards 'Contemporary Japan Speaker Series'

Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures (SISJAC) - a grant towards 'Fashioning Colours: New Perspectives on Japanese Woodblock Prints'

Japan Foundation London Grant Programme (Japanese Studies & Intellectual Exchange) 2019-20

This programme is designed to provide grant assistance to projects (e.g. lectures, workshops, conferences) in any discipline of the humanities and social sciences that have a significant Japan element, or involve collaboration with Japanese researchers/practitioners.

Projects must take place in the UK to be eligible for support and applications can only be accepted from not-for-profit organisations in the UK.

Priority:

Priority will be given to projects that fall under one or more of the following descriptions:

  1. Projects that will bring together researchers/ practitioners from a variety of disciplines and sectors that are relevant to Japan
  2. Projects organised by, and/or involving core participation by, early career researchers/ practitioners
  3. Projects that will nurture diverse interests in Japan among future generations in the UK

Applications for preliminary project development will be considered as long as such projects include some of the above elements.

Grant coverage:

Only specific items such as travel expenses, honoraria, venue hire, printing/publicity costs etc. which are deemed to be essential in order to carry out the project.

Successful applicants may be granted up to £3000. As successful applicants will not necessarily be granted the full requested amount, applicants are strongly encouraged to secure additional funding from their own organisation and elsewhere.

Application Deadline:

No deadline, but applications must reach our office at least two months before the start of the project.

For further details on this programme please click here or contact the assistant programme officer Michael Salter

Recently this programme has supported the following projects:

2018-19

University of Bristol:
2018 UK Association of Buddhist Studies Conference

University College London
Japan Youth Challenge 2018

University of Cambridge
Traditions of Japanese Leadership: The Azuma Kagami as a Primer for Warrior Rule

SISJAC
Groups, Clubs, and Sākuru: Amateur Arts and Practice in Japan

Programme for Specialists in Cultural and Academic Fields

This programme provides 2-month and 6-month residential language courses for specialists (researchers, postgraduate students, librarians, museum and art gallery curators, etc.) who need to improve their Japanese for academic or professional purposes. Courses take place at our Japanese-Language Institute in Kansai, Japan. Tuition, accommodation and meals are included in the programme but UK based applicants bear their own return travel expenses to Japan. The programme is open to those who are in a field of Japan-related humanities and social sciences, who are aged under 40, and who have a proficiency in Japanese of level JLPT N4 (level 3 of the old JLPT) or equivalent.

Dates for FY 2019-20 programme:

Course Dates:

  • 2 month course: June 2019 to August 2019
  • 6 month course: October 2019 to April 2020
  • Applications available: on the programme list on our Tokyo site
  • Application Deadline: 3 December 2018 (Applications for FY2019-2020 have now closed)
  • Notification of Results: April 2019

Number of grants / applicants in 2018 (worldwide): 29/87 (two month course = 16 participants, six month course = 16 participants)

For further details on this programme and application forms either contact the assistant programme officer Michael Salter or go to our Tokyo site.

Please contact the Japan Foundation to discuss eligibility before applying.